Friday, February 23, 2007

Oscar Pool 2007

I recently received the chance to win fame and glory (within a small circle of friends) by correctly picking this year's Oscar's winners. I've got 24 categories to pick in and so far I've made one prediction, Best Animated Feature: Cars. And the only reason I was able to make that prediction was because it's Pixar, so by default it has to win, right?

The problem I'm facing is that I have seen only one of the movies nominated for Best Picture (Little Miss Sunshine), one movie in the Best Actress category (Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada), and none of the movies in the Best Actor category.

I was kinda hoping you guys might help me make my decisions. I'll list the category, tell you my pick, and then you guys can agree or disagree as you see fit.

Best Actor:
Leonardo DiCaprio- Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling- Half Nelson
Peter O'Toole- Venus
Will Smith- the Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker- Last King of Scotland

my pick: Peter O'Toole. I think he'll win because he's an older actor that has been many times nominated but has never won. He has made it clear that he intents to win an Oscar before he stops acting and this may be the Academy's last chance to fulfill his dream.

Best Actress:
Penelope Cruz- Volver
Judi Dench- Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren- The Queen
Meryl Streep- The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet- Little Children

my pick: Helen Mirren. I've read she's amazing as Queen Elizabeth, bringing grace and sexuality to the role that no one expected.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Alan Arkin- Little Miss Sunshine
Jackie Earle Haley- Little Children
Djimon Hounsou- Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy- Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg- The Departed

my pick: Alan Arkin. He played the grandfather in Little Miss Sunshine in such an amazingly tender way I was just blown away. Despite the fact that he was a total coke head I just wanted to hug him.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Adriana Barraza- Babel
Cate Blanchett- Notes on a Scandal
Abigail Breslin- Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson- Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi- Babel

my pick: uh, I have no idea. The only movie listed above that I saw was Little Miss Sunshine. While Abagail Breslin was good, was she Oscar good? I don't think so.

Best Picture:
The Departed
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

my pick: The Departed, although I'm really not certain about that. Little Miss Sunshine was good and the Academy does like to prove it has a sense of humor by sometimes picking comedies that are good, but maybe not as good as other nominated movies.

Of course, there are tons of other categories including, Best Producer, Best Director, Original Song, and Best Screenplay, and I'll gladly accept your opinions on those.

Come on people, don't let me be a loser!

1 comment:

  1. I will take absolutely no blame if you use my picks and they're wrong but here's how I think it's going to go down:

    Forrest Whittaker (could be O'Toole but Whittaker was amazing and has won all the other awards for this role)

    Helen Mirren (most obvious winner - I would shocked as hell if she doesn't win)

    Eddie Murphy (a travesty)

    Cate Blanchett or Jennifer Hudson (could be a super safe choice or a major upset, category with most potential for drama)

    Letters from Iwo Jima (I don't know maybe - could also be The Departed - but Letters is like giving it to two movies, right? and the Academy LURVES Clint as a director so he could get best Director along with it - it's always a shock when the two don't go together)

    Also it's pretty much a gimmie in the Documentary category. Go Al!